Amidst Attack, a Legal Defense of the Right to Asylum

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) In light of the caravan of migrants, thousands in number, travelling from Central America toward the United States, President Trump has released a new series of startling anti-immigration policy Tweets, including the idea of banning asylum seekers. The administration has already taken stepsover the past few years to reduce the…

Lindsay Toczylowski on Due Process Violations and the Breakdown of U.S. Immigration Policy

Conducted and transcribed by Ande Troutman (CMC ’19), Staff Writer As a founding member and executive director at the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, Lindsay Toczylowski has dedicated her career to advocating for and protecting immigrants’ access to a fair trial and due process. What challenges do immigration attorneys in today’s political climate face? How does…

The Promise of Privacy Protections: Rights for Unauthorized Migrants

By Isaac Cui (PO ‘20), Senior Editor Introduction On February 10, Daniel Ramirez Medina was taken by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and placed in detention to await deportation proceedings. Having come to the United States at the age of seven, the 24-year-old registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.[1] DACA…

When Immigration and Abortion Intersect: An Undocumented Minor’s Story

Allie Carter (CMC ’19) On October 25th, 2017, an undocumented pregnant minor being held under federal custody finally received the controversial abortion she had been approved for a month prior, thanks to a federal appeals court decision. Lawyers and advocates for the undocumented minor have argued that federal officials took extreme measures to hinder her…

Dreaming of DACA

By Jeremiah Cha (UCSD ’19) Introduction The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program granted certain deportation protections as well as work eligibility to individuals who entered the United States as minors. Nearly 800,000 people were protected under the DACA program.[1] On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration made a significant and controversial decision to end…

Senate Bill 54: The Future of California’s Sanctuary Jurisdictions

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) Earlier this October, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 and effectively turned California into a “sanctuary state.” A reaction to President Trump’s hardline immigration rhetoric and policies, the bill limits state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities and would prevent officers from questioning and holding people…